File:Gustave Dore Inferno Canto 21.jpg|thumb|250 px|right|The Malebranche threaten Virgil and Dante Alighieri|Dante, portrayed by Gustave Doré.
The '''Malebranche''' (; "Evil Claws"
[Dorothy L. Sayers, ''Hell'': notes on Cantos XXI and XXII, Penguin, 1949, ISBN 0-14-044006-2.]
) are the demon
s in the ''Inferno (Dante)|Inferno
'' of Dante Alighieri|Dante
's ''Divine Comedy
'' who guard Bolgia Five of the Eighth Circle (Malebolge
). They figure in Canto
s XXI, XXII, and XXIII. Vulgar and quarrelsome, their duty is to force the corrupt politicians (Simony|barrators
) to stay under the surface of a boiling lake of Pitch (resin)|pitch